Derry City, County Derry
The small walled city of Derry (Londonderry)is a wonderful mix of old and new with wonderful historical sites and modern entertainment. The city walls were built between 1613-18 and are still completely intact. In fact Derry is the only remaining fully walled city within Ireland. Take the Walled City Heritage Trail to learn about over 200 sites of particular historical importance, all within the City Council.
Inside the city walls there is a lot on offer.The Tower Museum is one of the many highlights. Within the museum you can follow the story of Derry City from St. Columcille’s time to the present. From an architectural standpoint St. Columb’s Cathedral dates back from 1628 and in more recent times of trouble it has formed an important middle ground from people of different faiths.
For the genealogists out there Derry may hold the key to finding your past. Derry was one of the main points where emigrants left Ireland for the USA. Today the Derry Genealogy Centre helps people to trace their past using over 1 million records which tracked people from 1642-1922.
Aside from the wonderful history Derry is also a home of culture and entertainment. This is shown by the city becoming the UK’s City of Culture for 2013 which will result in a yearlong celebration of culture in the city. So the time is now for you to visit Derry to explore the past and celebrate the present.
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